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VIP Products, LLC markets a line of cute, humorous squeaky dog toys, consisting of vinyl replicas of liquor, beer, wine, and soda brands labeled with humorous names, usually related to dog poop. So, we have toys labeled “Smella R-Crotches”, Heini Sniff’n, Pissness, and Mountain Drool, associated with likenesses of Stella Artois beer, Heineken’s, Guinness, and Mountain […]

The sound of popping beer cans on a hot summer day may evoke memories: quenching a thirst on a hot day, backyard barbecues, days at the beach, or sunny afternoons at the ballgame. Beer can sounds are not going away. The beer can market is going gangbusters. According to one industry source, in 2020, approximately 90.2 […]

Do you want to use the ® symbol? If so, then you want to learn more about federal trademark registration. We’ve written about the benefits of state trademark registration. There aren’t many but if you believe state registration is right for you, here’s a brief guide on how to register your trademark in Pennsylvania.  If you’re […]

We wrote in last month’s newsletter that filing trademark applications in foreign jurisdictions may have a strategic benefit to large companies in the United States, particularly for companies that desire to mask product development plans from the public eye while maintaining the priority date of an earlier foreign filing. Known as a “submarine” trademark, the key […]

Trademark law in the United States is all about “use.”  When you’re using your trademark it is accumulating goodwill and you are exercising your trademark rights.  Absent “use,” your trademark rights dwindle and the trademark itself is subject to abandonment. This is an important principle, particularly, when you are applying to register a trademark with […]

New technologies give rise to new intellectual property headaches. Non-fungible tokens or NFT’s are no exception. What is an NFT? For the uninitiated (and hermits), an NFT is a unique digital token that one can own, sell, or redeem. Bitcoin and Ethereum are examples of digital tokens. Cryptocurrency, however, is fungible. The Bitcoin I own is not unique […]